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Women Enterprise Fund Bill 2020 refer to ABC 

Jun 19, 2020, 11:53 AM | Article By: Ismaila Sonko

Deputies Thursday referred Women Enterprise Fund Bill 2020 to the Assembly Business Committee (ABC) at the National Assembly for proper scrutiny.

 

The bill was tabled before legislators by Fatou Kinteh, the Minister for Women, Children and Social Welfare.

Minister Kinteh said the Women Enterprise Fund Bill emanates from the commitment of the government of The Gambia to allocate D12 million for women entrepreneurs. “From this, the National Treasury allocated, and parliament approved the sum of GMD 12 million to go towards this fund in the budget covering the financial year 2019 to 2020 and 2020,” she said.

According to her, the objective of the bill is to elevate the Women Enterprise Fund 2019 into an Act of Parliament. “The enactment of this bill will occasion additional expenditure of public funds.

Saikouba Marong, the lawmaker for Latrikunda Sabiji, said the Gambia has very good laws but implementing them is always a challenge. He thus called on the Ministry for Women, Children and Social Welfare to make sure that this bill is being implemented to serve its purpose.

In a similar development, the Persons With Disabilities Bill for 2020 was also referred to ABC for proper scrutiny.

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